Publish date: April 9th 2001
Publisher: No Exit Press
Pages no: 342
Edition language: English
I read 40 percent of this eBook, which I think is more than enough to say I gave it a fair shake. I usually enjoy magical realism. This time? Not so much. Life is too short to keep reading books you don't enjoy ... unless they are a school assignment, in which case "suck it up, buttercup." That does...
I read this soon after I met (he signed my book after a talk he gave) Tom Robbins, so it's possible I was biased towards this book. But I don't think so. Uplifting, weird, funny, and beautifully written. Pretty much what you expect from the author.
The book begins: The beet is the most intense of vegetables. It riffs off that in a short prologue, "Today's Special" promising a magical, sensuous and sensory-laden book. The prose is lush without being purple. It's full of puns, world play, off-"beet" humor, over-the-top metaphors, raunchy sexuali...
Favorite Robbins novel!